A Divided Mind by M. Billiter is a fictional story but written from experience. It is well written and absolutely nothing like I expected. It is a realistic look at a mental disorder and the struggles that each one affected by it goes through. It is both sad and frustrating and I went through so many emotions reading it. How do you help someone with a mental illness? Having experienced a mental health problem myself, and watching a work friend go through this exact same situation with her son who has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia, that is a hard question to answer. Mary did a good job of but at times I wanted to smack the mother, she frustrated me no end at times but I also understand her point of view. It is told in several POV which gave us a greater insight into their states of mind.
Tara is a mother who is trying to help her son and come to understand what he is going through as they travel the diagnosis of being schizophrenic.
Branson is trying to adjust to a life that is filled with the unknown, and not knowing what is real and what is not.
Well done Mary and Kyle for sharing this with us. This is an emotional and at times difficult story but one that should be read.
Reviewed by @jennadb